The UFC and its fighters will be the first to tell you that it’s never wise to plan too far ahead. What may have seemed the obvious next step just one month ago could all go up in smoke due to an injury, a drug test failure, or a crushing loss. And while the promotion may not have been betting the house on anything, it definitely seems like a crushing loss just threw a wrench into more than a few plans.
Back in December, the UFC announced the opening of the women’s featherweight division and an initial title fight between Holly Holm and Germaine de Randamie. Shortly afterward, Dana White even teased the possibility that if Holm and Rousey both won their upcoming fights, there’d be a lot of interest in booking Rousey vs. Holm 2 in a belt vs. belt superfight.
They key there was Holm and Rousey both winning. That didn’t happen.
Now, following Ronda Rousey’s crushing UFC 207 defeat at the hands of defending champion Amanda Nunes, the big question isn’t: Who will Ronda Rousey fight next? Instead it’s: Will Ronda Rousey ever fight again?
Answer unclear, ask again later.
That’s more or less the message from Rousey’s coach, Edmond Tarverdyan as he told TMZ Sports, “It’s all good, no plans made yet,” when asked about whether or not Rousey would return.
Back to back knockouts have led to speculation that Rousey’s time as a championship contender may be over, at least without better coaching. And while Rousey’s relationship with Tarverdyan has remained strong through her loss to Holly Holm back in 2015, her relationship with MMA seems to have become more strained. If she’s uninterested in changing camps, it’s hard to see a return to competition in the near future.